Checking Out Another Burger Place: Grind Burger

There are a lot of new restaurants in The Block, SM North EDSA. We saw a burger place called Grind Burger. It’s located right in front of the Hypermarket at the Ground Floor.

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Interiors are simple and pleasant to the eyes. The space is quite small, so there is no room for unnecessary clutter.

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We ordered the Grind Burger, described as having “100% USDA house ground beef, brioche from the oven, vine ripe tomato, iceberg, sweet onion, American cheese and tiny’s secret sauce”. We were intrigued by the Deep Fried Mac and Cheese Balls, so we got that too.

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The burger was a winner! The beef was juicy and the bread was delicious! They make their own brioche buns and they complement the burger wonderfully.

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I liked the presentation of the mac and cheese balls. It gives a different twist to an old dish. But I wasn’t too crazy about it. I don’t think I’ll order it next time.

We enjoyed our burgers in Grind. It’s really great that they have delicious buns too.

 

More Burgers: Wham! Burgers Disappoints

We used to eat at Wham! Burgers when they had an outlet in SM Megamall. We liked their juicy, tender burgers and the kids liked their spaghetti. They closed down that branch and we haven’t had Wham! since then. We were in SM North EDSA and saw that they had a branch there. We were eager to have their burgers and fries again.

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The SM North EDSA branch is located in the 4th level of The Block. We ordered our burgers and waited eagerly.

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The burger on the top left is the Wham! Burger with cheese (“one-third pound pure beef patty topped with ketchup, mustard, lettuce and tomato”). The one below it is a Wham! Burger with cheese plus add-on of bacon. The one on the right is the Double Whammy with cheese (“two one-third pound all beef, charcoal-grilled patties topped with ketchup, mustard, lettuce and tomato”).

We were surprised that the burgers were not as delicious as we had remembered. The burgers were quite bland. The bacon was stringy and not crispy. It was quite expensive too – the basic hamburger combo (with fries and drinks) costs P249! We were disappointed with our meal. With the proliferation of burger places all over Metro Manila, it’s unlikely we will come back to Wham! in the near future.

More Burgers: Zark’s Burgers at SM North EDSA

The larger dining area of Zark’s Burgers in SM North EDSA is outside their small store – in the middle of the corridors. Yet, lines are always long. We were curious about what makes Zark’s Burgers tick so we decided to try it out.

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One side of their menu is devoted to their burgers. The Minor League burgers are made of 1/4 pound patties. They have a variety of toppings which are quite unique. The Major League burgers are the fanciers ones, and some of them are half-pounders. My husband ordered the Zark’s Ultimate Burger (“1/4 pound burger with cheese sauce in a bed of fresh veggies and then topped with sauteed mushroom and bacon!”), I had the Philly Cheesesteak Burger (“1/4 pound burger topped with chopped onion, sirloin strips, and cheese sauce” – although I had the onions removed) and our daughter had the King James’ Tomahawk (“Classic! Cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato”). For dessert, we had the Deep-fried Snickers a la Mode. Photos of our orders are in the collage below, counter-clockwise from the top right photo.

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The burgers were huge and delicious! Not as juicy as those in The Burger Joint, but still good. Some of the sirloin strips in my burger were tough. Next time, I’ll get something with bacon instead. I was amazed that most of the diners ordered the bigger burgers – the half-pounders with so many toppings. The dessert was delicious too. I liked the gooey-ness of the softened candy bar inside the warm fried covering.

The food in Zark’s Burgers is reasonably priced. There were a lot of students eating while we were there. For serious burger lovers (or those who have big appetites), head on to Zark’s Burgers for your next burger binge.

Happiness At Burger Joint

Burger Joint is a small restaurant in SM Hypermarket Pasig, beside Tiendesitas. We decided to have lunch there before bringing my son to his dental appointment.

There were many items on their menu. I had a hard time choosing which one to order. I wanted to try the burger…and the chicken…and the hotdog! For this first visit, I decided to go with the burger. After all, it was a “burger joint”.

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We all went with the All-American Burger –  described as “a quarter pound cheeseburger topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and house sauce” and some fries.  I had bacon added to my burger.

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The burger was very juicy and meaty. No extenders there. It was also of the right size – not too small that would still leave you hungry but not too big either to stuff you. (Except, of course, if you happen to be a teenage boy with a huge appetite. Then you would need a second All-American like my son did.) The bacon was crisp and provided that added saltiness to the sandwich. This one ranks high among the burgers I’ve tried around Metro Manila.

We will definitely be back for more. I can’t wait to try their buffalo wings next time.

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Grateful Project Day 179: A New Burger Place To Try Out

We heard that a new burger place opened in the Atrium of SM Megamall. Triple Os opened their doors to Philippine burger-lovers in the latter part of June 2014. We went there for lunch today.

I was surprised to find very few people in the store for a Saturday lunch. Many restaurants have queues on their first few months. At that point, we were just glad we didn’t have to wait long to give our orders. The kids had the Original Burger with Cheese and my husband and I ordered the Bacon Cheddar Burger.

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The sandwiches were delicious, but the burger patties were dry and bland. I liked the bacon and the thick-cut fries. I would have liked to try their chicken sandwich too, but I figured I would try their burger first. Prices are expensive, considering it is a fast-food joint. While the food tastes good, I feel it is not worth the hefty price tag. I may consider eating there again, but not often.

Lunch at UP Town Center: 8 Cuts Burger Blends

We’ve been wanting to try 8 Cuts Burger Blends but haven’t had the chance to do so until today. After Trixi’s Math competition, we had lunch at the UP Town Center. Last time we were there, the place was packed with diners. We were surprised to find very few people around during the lunch hour. Maybe because school is out already for the summer.

We chose to have lunch at 8 Cuts Burger Blends.

ImageI ordered the Burger with additional yellow cheddar and bacon slices. The kids had The Cheeseburger. These burgers came with either the No. 3 (their original house dressing) or the No. 4 (described as “a tangy and slightly spiced sauce made with a classic red relish base”). We chose the No. 3 dressing for all our burgers.

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The Cheeseburger

Bong had The Piggy.

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The Piggy

The Piggy is a quarter-pounder Beef Bomb blend (blend of chuck and short rib) patty with mozzarella, fried bacon strips, house-made bacon jam, lollo rossa, tomatoes, garlic aioli on a sesame seed bun.

We also ordered the Skinny Fries, “pimped-up” to Sub-Atomic Bacon and Cheese.

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Skinny Fries Sub-Atomic Bacon and Cheese

On the whole, all of us were happy with our burgers. The patties were juicy, tender and very flavorful. Bong felt, though, that the bacon overpowered the taste of the burger in his order. The fries were also good. I prefer a thicker cut for my fries, though.

They had interesting choices for desserts and shakes. Maybe next time we can try them out.

 

Casa Verde at UP Town Center

I’ve been hearing about the new restaurants that opened along Katipunan Ave. at the new UP Town Center. We decided to have lunch there today. It was our first time there. Upon our arrival, the first thing we noticed was a line of cars. It turns out that they were in line to enter the parking area. We were disheartened at the prospect of having to wait to get a parking slot when the guard told us that there were more parking spaces just a little further down, in the old UPIS grounds.

After securing our parking spot, we headed to the row of restaurants. This being a new place, there were still some empty stalls and most of the restaurants had signs saying they are not yet able to process credit cards so only cash payments will be accepted. All the restaurants seemed to be appetizing. But we decided to go to Casa Verde. We were asked to wait for a table. Luckily for us, we were seated after just a couple of minutes.

The menu was fairly diverse. For the main course, there were ribs, steaks, chicken, seafood, and pasta. Our server, Edwin, warned us that the servings were big so we might want to share. Good thing we listened to him. Their specialty, Brian’s Ribs, was good for two. The kids had the spaghetti and burger bites. Food was good, serving size was generous, and the price was reasonable. I can imagine a lot of the students in and around Katipunan spending a lot of their lunch breaks there.

We were happy with our lunch choices. And we made a note of which restaurant we want to visit next. It looks like we will be back at the UP Town Center soon.